Aggregation ” + + ” cannot have a global ” + “sub-aggregation – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Aggregation ” + + ” cannot have a global ” + “sub-aggregation ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search and aggregations.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “Aggregation [” + + “] cannot have a global ” + “sub-aggregation [“classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

public Aggregator createInternal(SearchContext searchContext;
 Aggregator parent;
 boolean collectsFromSingleBucket;
 Map metadata) throws IOException {
 if (parent != null) {
 throw new AggregationExecutionException("Aggregation [" + + "] cannot have a global " + "sub-aggregation [" + name
 + "]. Global aggregations can only be defined as top level aggregations");
 if (collectsFromSingleBucket == false) {
 throw new IllegalStateException();


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